UPDATE: Derrick Rose had surgery Wednesday to repair a left orbital fracture he suffered during a Chicago Bulls' practice on Tuesday.
The point guard will resume basketball activities in two weeks and is expected to play in the Bulls' season-opening game October 27, as reported by ESPN.
"He's still in great spirits, and again, it's not a structural injury," new Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told ESPN. "When he comes back ready to go he should be able to go right back into it 100 percent—which, if you have something going on with one of your other body parts, it's going to be you gradually get back. You know, 50 percent load and then move all the way up from mid-restriction. I don't anticipate that in his case this will happen."
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The oft-injured Chicago Bulls point guard suffered a left orbital fracture after taking an elbow to the face during team practice Tuesday, the squad acknowledged in a press release. He's scheduled to have surgery Wednesday.
"I know he’s tough, but it was one of those plays, especially in practice, where everybody’s going hard. It’s just tough," Bulls forward Taj Gibson told CBS Chicago of Rose's injury. "I don’t know [who elbowed him]. It might have been me. It was just one of those plays where everybody’s going so hard, and it’s real physical out there. Hopefully he’ll be OK."
Despite the bad news, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday night that the team is still optimistic that Rose can suit up for the Bulls' season opener against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 27. Perhaps, he can don a protective mask, the way we've seen other players, who have sustained the same injury, do in the past.
Rose, who turns 27 on Sunday, has played in only 100 games over the past four Bulls' seasons. During that period, the 2011 NBA MVP and three-time All-Star has had three knee surgeries, including one for a torn ACL in his left knee and another for a torn MCL in his right knee, and issues with ankles and hamstrings as well.
Last season, Rose averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 assists in 51 games played.
While Rose will attempt to return from yet another injury, his attorney is simultaneously asking for a civil complaint against his star client to be thrown out. According to ESPN, the point guard's attorney denied an accuser's claim that she was sexually assaulted by him and two of his friends and asked a Los Angeles court to throw out her civil suit against them.
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